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Carrot Cake Cookies and the All-Bran Challenge!

I've been a fan of Kellogg's Bran Flakes for a while, so I was looking forward to trying some new All-Bran varieties as part of the 5 day All-Bran New Challenge.  The idea of the challenge is that after 5 days you should feel a difference in your digestive wellbeing, with less bloating, enabling you to feel better about the way your tummy looks and also better about the way your tummy feels on the inside.

My favourite had to be the Chocolate Wheats, and the kids loved them too.  The pack was devoured in a couple of days and we've been buying it since.  The Golden Crunch was nice too, with a sweet flavour and didn't turn soggy too quickly.  I'm not really a fan of fruit in cereal, so we used some of the Red Berry Crunch in our baking instead!
It can be a struggle to get The Pickle to eat healthy foods and he wont touch vegetables - but he loves carrot cake!  He enjoys baking, so I try and pack fruit and veg into cakes, along with oats and nuts, but as little sugar as possible.  The Pickle decided he'd like to make 'Carrot Cake Cookies' and we added some of the All-Bran for extra flavour and extra crunch! 

The Pickle's guide to making Carrot Cake Cookies

1.  Mix 150g butter with just a few spoonfuls of sugar (must resist the temptation to eat a spoonful of sugar and make sure it all ends up in the bowl...)

2.  Add one egg (see how many pieces of shell fall in when you break it - it's fun watching mum try and pick them all out!)  

3.  Grate one carrot and one apple (must resist the temptation to eat the apple and make sure it all ends up in the bowl...)

4.  Give it a mix (again, try and keep the mixture in the bowl...)

5.  Best. Bit. Ever.  Wrap some walnut halves in a piece of foil and bash them with a spoon (this process can take a good half hour.  Mum could probably do it much quicker but a job as fun as this needs doing properly!)

6.  Add 150g plain flour, a few cup fulls of porridge oats and a few handfuls of Red Berry Crunch (or why not tip the remainder of the box in?  And pick out a few berries to eat while you're there)

7.  Add a little bit of vanilla essence, some ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg (ask if you can try some of the nutmeg and sulk when mum says no!)

8.  Mix again.  (Get bored and ask mum to take over)

9.  Grease a baking tray.  (Look interested again.  Grease the worktop too.  And your hands.  And hair) 

10.  Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the tray and press down slightly with a spoon. (Don't hit them repeatedly.  The walnuts should definitely be crushed by now)

11.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.  (Ask if they're ready yet at one minute intervals.  If you can wait that long)

12.  Ta-daa!  Carrot Cake Cookies!

Since converting to Bran Flakes a few months ago as part of a healthier lifestyle, I have felt slightly more energised.  90 to 95 per cent of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin is made in the gut and eating fibre everyday is a simple remedy for happy tums!  Fibre is important in a child's diet too and The Princess and The Pickle enjoy stealing my All-Bran for breakfast (especially my Chocolate Wheats!!)

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs
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